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Your local community centre:

Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Over the next few editions, the Cook Strait News will profile local community centres dotted across the southern and eastern suburbs. This week we chat to Lisa Cunningham from the Island Bay Community Centre.

Late last month the Wellington City Council announced that the capital’s gross greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 2.1 per cent between 2001 and 2015. This bodes well for council’s ambitious target to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, a target set in the 2016 Low Carbon Capital plan. Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown said, “Wellingtonians have made good efforts in recent years and the positive result shows that the capital is leading the way in mitigating our carbon emissions.”

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We all need our own space

By Nikki Papatsoumas

Nestled away behind Island Bay’s shopping village is the Island Bay Community Centre. The Island Bay Community Centre is a bustling hive of activity, with a range of community groups using the centre and hall throughout the week and weekends. Lisa Cunningham has been community centre advocate at the centre for the past three years. “My job is mostly a connector of the community, connecting people to activities and services or other groups in the area. I find I do a lot of that kind of work,” she said. Lisa said the centre’s hall was completely booked out during the school term and there were only limited spots available in the centre’s lounge. Despite this, she was able to help connect groups with other nearby spaces if necessary, she said. Lisa said there were plenty of exciting things coming up at the centre and in particular she was looking forward to upcoming Ni Hao Children Community Classes. “They are total immersion Chinese Mandarin classes. It’s for kids they just do fun games and activities that help them learn the language and the culture.” Lisa welcomed all members of the Island Bay community to pop in and see what the centre had to offer. “We have had an increase in our

Lisa Cunningham from the Island Bay Community Centre.

people coming through the door. More and more people are getting interested through Facebook and our newsletter numbers keep climbing. “It’s such an amazing place, I always have such a wide variety of things to do, I never get bored and it’s always fun and interesting.”

The Island Bay Community Centre is located at 137 The Parade in Island Bay and is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. For more information on classes or activities head to the ‘Island Bay Community Centre’ Facebook page or call Lisa on 383 7464.

Things to watch out for at the Island Bay Community Centre: 1. Southern Bays Historical Society Open Day: Display commemorating the centenary of Gallipoli with images of local WWI memorials and displays of storyboards and projects made by children from four local primary schools. Friday, May 6 from 10am to 2pm 2. Carolyn McKeefry dance classes for mature women: Classes with an experienced, qualified tutor that includes contemporary movement, strengthening, building core stability, flexibility, and some ballet technique. No experience necessary. Fridays from 10.30am to 11.30am 3. Rhythms Movement Meditation: A series of six classes that introduce you to the five rhythms and the ‘wave’ they form when danced in sequence. Five rhythms is a philosophy, perspective, performance art, and dynamic movement practice. Classes run every Sunday, until July 3 and the cost is $15 per class.

CENTREPORT CHANNEL DEEPENING PROJECT CentrePort is proposing to deepen the shipping channel in Wellington Harbour/Te Whanganui a Tara to enable visits from bigger ships.

We want your feedback. Come along to one of our open days to find out why this project is so important for Wellington’s economic prosperity and what it means for you.

PUBLIC OPEN DAYS Wellington Waterfront Te Wharewaka o Poneke

Saturday 7 May 10am – 3pm

Monday 16 May 6pm – 8pm

Eastbourne The Pavilion, Days Bay

Tuesday 10 May 6pm – 8pm

Saturday 14 May 12pm – 5pm

Seatoun Seatoun RSA

Thursday 12 May 6pm – 8pm

Saturday 21 May 10am – 3pm

Lower Hutt The Little Theatre

Wednesday 18 May 6pm – 8pm

Or visit us at: centreportbigpicture.co.nz

Thursday 26 May 6pm – 8pm

Work underway Work on the Island Bay Seawall continues to steam roll ahead. The Island Bay seawall was partially destroyed following a storm in June 2013 which battered Wellington’s southern coast. A 41-metre section of the wall opposite Shorland Park collapsed completely and much of the upper part of the seawall that

remained was on a lean and needed to be realigned and secured. Those to visit Island Bay Beach may have noticed that the missing section of the wall has started to take shape. Work on the wall was expected to be completed by the end of June. PHOTO CREDIT: Nikki Papatsoumas

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